Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight-or-flight response. The stimulus could be a spider, stepping on to that plane, an auditorium full of people waiting for you to speak or the sudden thud of your front door against the door frame.
The brain is a profoundly complex organ. More than 100 billion nerve cells comprise an intricate network of communications that is the starting point of everything we sense, think and do. Some of these communications lead to conscious thought and action, while others produce autonomic responses. The fear response is almost entirely autonomic: We don’t consciously trigger it or even know what’s going on until it has run its course.
Because cells in the brain are constantly transferring information and triggering responses, there are dozens of areas of the brain at least peripherally involved in fear.
Can we stop fear?
Absolutely we can, with the correct practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming, we can take charge of how WE want our brain to deal with fear, therefore enabling us to control our actions.
I describe Fear to my clients as a big, tight knotted ball of wall, no use to anyone in this state. By unravelling the ball of wool, bit by bit, the tension and the heavy weight starts to decline, the ball is looser, you are able unravel the amount you need and create something with it. Fear….unravelling, finding out what is causing that unwanted fear and undoing the tight knot.
Fear does have it’s place. “Fight or flight” is a human instinct that has kept the human race alive, so when you are in absolute danger, the fear is there to heighten emotions and tell you to fight or get the hell out of there…..but this can be mis-placed and show it’s face at the wrong time, we can tell our brain when fear is wanted and when it is not.
Through messages sent to our subconscious mind, this CAN happen, after all it’s our body and our mind, we can take control of the unwanted fear by not allowing it to show itself, but swapping the emotion for excitement, in trepidation, an emotional high. Sports professionals are able to control the fear and use it in a positive way in order to perform, but sports professionals need help in learning that technique…. as do we in our normal lives.
If the FEAR is stopping you from living the life YOU want and YOU deserve, don’t suffer in silence, CBT and NLP Hypnotherapy can and WILL change how you handle that FEAR.
Call Amanda on 07920 840 230 for more information and to book in a free telephone consultation.